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Bequest to go towards sustainability research

Sustainability research at the University of Waikato has been given a boost thanks to a $500,000 bequest from the late Dr Zena Daysh.

Zena Daysh, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Waikato, had a lifelong commitment to sustainability.

In recognition of her tireless work towards sustainable communities and human ecology, Zena was awarded a CNZM from New Zealand, the inaugural New Zealand Inspired Lifetime Achievement Award and a United Nations Habitat Scroll of Honour Award.

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University generates millions

In a newly-released report commissioned by the University of Waikato, an independent economist has found that the University and its students generated $770 million in the Waikato economy last year - 4.5% of the region’s annual revenue.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says that the economic impact study again underlines the crucial partnership between the University and the wider Waikato region.

“Economists talk about ‘communiversity’ - the partnership activity between universities and their home cities – and clearly it is to our mutual advantage that we continue to work together to maximise the economic, as well as the teaching and research benefits that the University and other tertiary institutes bring,” he says.

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Call for nominations

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate Waikato alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession, community, arts or sport since graduating from the University of Waikato.

Help us to celebrate alumni success by nominating an awardee.  Confidential nominations close Friday 20 April.

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Renowned opera singer joins staff

Dame Malvina Major has been appointed Senior Fellow in Music at the University of Waikato, bringing a wealth of teaching and performing experience to benefit students and staff alike - and she's excited to be here.

“The music programme at Waikato is internationally recognised and doing some innovative work. To be able to work alongside such a strong and talented staff is not only exciting but a privilege. I’m looking forward to it – especially the performance aspect of teaching. It’s such a vital part of music, and it’s through performance that students grow.”

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Leading agribusiness professor joins Waikato

Agribusiness research and teaching at the University of Waikato takes a big step forward with the arrival of leading agriculture researcher and commentator Professor Jacqueline Rowarth, who will be based in the Waikato Management School (WMS).

A frequent contributor to public debate on agriculture and agribusiness, Dr Rowarth was awarded a CNZM in 2008 for her services to agricultural science.  She is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science and a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Michael Morrissey takes up residence

Poet, short story writer, columnist and editor Michael Morrissey is the University of Waikato's writer in residence for 2012. A multi-award winning author, he has written more than 80 short stories, ten volumes of poetry, two novellas and more recently has received attention for his memoir Taming the Tiger which deals with his experience with manic depression, or bipolar disorder.

Dr Sarah Shieff from the University’s English Programme says she’s delighted Michael Morrissey is taking up the residency.

“We had lots of strong applications for the position, but Michael's application was particularly exciting. We're very lucky to have someone of his calibre and experience on campus for the year.”

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Highest mark in NZ

University of Waikato graduate Luisa Peterson has scored the highest mark in the country in the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants competency exams.

Luisa has been working for Audit New Zealand since finishing her studies in 2009, and says her marks are indicative of her work ethic while at university.  “I put in a lot of hard work to get the grades I did while I was at Waikato,” she says.

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His software at Google and NASA

Software by computer science doctoral student Paul Hunkin has found its way to Google and NASA and is being used at the Johnson Space Center.

Paul's software, called ClusterGL, was created for the University of Waikato's display wall in 2008 and joins multiple computers together to make one huge display screen.

"I was talking to Google about another project I was working on and happened to mention ClusterGL.  They have these curved display walls and thought 'this will be brilliant for what we want'."

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River focus for summer science school

Investigating the past and present condition of the Waikato River was the task for 39 top Year 12 students who were part of the annual summer school programme, which gives students a taste of what its like to study science and engineering at a tertiary level.

Main sponsor Hill Laboratories is the country’s largest privately owned analytical testing laboratory.

“Good science is close to our heart, and our strategic plan includes an intention to support young people as they pursue their own interests in science,” says Steve Howse, Hill Laboratories General Manager.

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'Soft Cut' at Calder & Lawson Gallery

Through March 16, the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts is showcasing the gallery's latest collection, 'Soft Cut'.

'Soft Cut' is an experiment in the way we make meaning.  It investigates how we associate ideas and images and the influence this has on what we see.

Gallery sponsors Calder & Lawson Tours are renowned world travel experts, with over two decades of experience in international travel. They offer over twenty amazing tours every year to destinations across the world, all specifically geared to suit the 55 years plus market.

Calder & Lawson Tours are endorsed by the University of Waikato, ensuring the highest quality educational experience. 

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Foundation Trustee: Jon Tanner

Former New Zealand hockey player Jon Tanner is passionate about sport and education. His decision in 2011 to join the University of Waikato Foundation as a trustee has a lot to do with his belief that universities are in the business of turning out all-round successful individuals.

Jon manages one of the largest branches in the Craigs Investment Partners group and is involved in a range of business, community and sporting initiatives.  He was instrumental in establishing Hockey NZ's Hockey Foundation, which he chairs, and for which he and his wife Sue are cornerstone donors.

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to the first Alumni and Friends E-Newsletter for 2012. Only two months in, this year has already brought many highlights: a very important $500,000 bequest; a report outlining the University’s major economic impact in the Waikato region; appointments of academic staff who are well-known leaders in their fields; and several alumni recognised in the 2012 New Year Honours.

Waikato alumni honoured  

The University of Waikato is extremely proud to congratulate a number of alumni who featured in the 2012 New Year Honours List.

2011 Off Campus magazine - read it online.

What's on

To mark the start of Seaweek, March 3-11, the University of Waikato's new Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga is holding an open day on Saturday 3 March from 9.30-4.00pm.

Lunchtime music recitals every Wednesday, 1pm, beginning 7 March at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Book launch: 14 March, 5.30pm, University of Waikato Library, level 4.  Letters of Frank Sargeson, a collection from one of NZ's most important literary figures, selected and edited by Dr Sarah Shieff.  Click here to RSVP by 12 March.

Public lecture:Professor Andrew Ashworth QC "Guilty of Doing Nothing? Omissions, Duties and Crimes" 20 March, 6.15pm, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.  Click here to RSVP.

Balloons over Waikato    28 March - 1 April: The University of Waikato is proud to be a principal sponsor of this iconic event where balloons from all over the world gather in Hamilton.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series

The University of Waikato invites you to take part in one of our most significant traditions - the Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series.  The 2012 series showcases research from our newest professors.

16 April: Prof Darrin Hodgetts, Psychology, FASS

22 May: Prof Douglas Pratt, Religious Studies, FASS

26 June: Prof Charl De Villiers, Accounting, WMS

Waikato Management School's 2012 Excellence in Practice Series begins 30 March with Prof Marnik G Dekimpe from Tilburg University, Netherlands and Prof Wagner A Kamakura from Duke University, USA discussing effective marketing strategies in an economic recession.

Expect the unexpected: 'Leadership in an Unstable World' Haas Waikato Executive Leadership Programme, 14-16 May 2012, Queenstown.  Keynote speakers include Sir Graham Henry, Dame Jenny Shipley and Sir Ray Avery.

Click to view all upcoming University events.

Alumni links 

Tap into a network that works for you.  Alumni Representatives keep you in touch with other UoW alumni in your area, providing social or business networking opportunities and helpful contacts as you travel the world.  Let us know if you would like to set up an alumni group in your area.

2012's new membership rates are now available for Alumni Association Life Members at UniRec.

Tell us your stories!  Email alumni@waikato.ac.nz and let us know what you have been up to since graduating from Waikato. 

Keep up to date with alumni info, news and events here.